Five talents Phil was a very gifted man.
Compelling truth in his oratory was heard.
There was no doubt in any that he was
proficient and anointed in teaching God’s Word.
To many, he showed the way of salvation
just as Peter preached in Acts 2 and 38
and though multitudes rejected the message of truth
there were some redeemed from a damnable fate.
Two talents Tessie was an average young lady
although not brainy, she had a great heart.
She searched out ways to help the needy
and in doing thus, God’s love did impart.
Her selfless acts of kindness and care
aided those helped to open their spirit
that otherwise would be closed to God’s plan
now their ears were susceptible, so they could hear it.
One talent Winston was a fainthearted fellow
although he had obeyed the plan of salvation.
He was content to keep his mouth shut
and not offer to any escape from damnation.
He thought, “I could never win a soul to truth.”
Love for God was trumped by fear of rejection
so he never reached out to neighbors or friends,
thinking it would be his protection.
And so the time of reckoning came
for these three who had passed away
each in turn had to stand before God
to give account on the judgment day.
Five talents Phil came and stood before God
and for him, there was nothing but praise
for the work he had done, the souls he had won
during his earthly days.
Two talents Tessie was next to approach.
God’s response to her made her glad.
Although not the brightest of the bunch
she did her best with the talents she had.
As one talent Winston drew near to the Lord
His head was hung down in shame.
For somehow he knew instinctively
his reward would not be the same.
Slowly he began to offer excuse
of why doing God’s work was denied,
how he thought that none would believe him
why his light he chose to hide.
God said, “When I filled you with my Holy Spirit,
I gave you just what you would need
to impact your world with the gospel
yet My words, you chose not to heed.
And so the plight of one talent Winston
who made excuse and believed not
cast into a place of great torment
that eternally does burn hot.
A lesson we learn from this parable
if we’re so inclined to hear
let the wise in heart apply it
with a godly and reverent fear.